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The Importance of the Rabies Vaccine

Vital rabies vaccine importance

Rabies is not present in the UK other than in some of the wild bat population but it is a disease which is endemic in different parts of the world. If you are travelling to certain countries then it is important to take precautions against rabies and understand where the risks lie. If you are looking for the rabies vaccination in Hanwell and the rabies vaccination in Bromley, then contact Touchwood Pharmacy’s travel clinic for more information.

What is rabies?

Rabies is rare but can be deadly if not treated. It is a disease usually caught from the bite or scratch of a rabid animal and is an infection of the brain and central nervous system.

Where is rabies in the world?

Rabies is prevalent in Central and South America, Africa and Asia. It is usually fatal in people who have not been vaccinated and who don’t seek prompt medical treatment.

The Rabies Vaccine

Fortunately, there is a rabies vaccine for those travelling to parts of the world where they may be at risk of catching the disease. Often holidaymakers are not at more of an increased risk, but there are certain things that can make you more vulnerable including longer stays and holidaying or travelling through rural areas, particularly where there is limited access to medical treatment. Activities involving animals or just being outdoors such as camping, cycling or running may present a heightened threat, but you can discuss any specific concerns with our pharmacist when you have the rabies vaccination in Hanwell or the rabies vaccination in Bromley.

The rabies vaccination is not lifelong so you may need to have it again depending on the date of your first vaccination and what your exposure to the disease is. Even if you have had the vaccine, you should always seek prompt medical advice if you are bitten or scratched by a diseased animal. The vaccination is three injections over a period of 28 days.

Touchwood Pharmacy offers the rabies vaccination in Hanwell and the rabies vaccination in Bromley at our travel vaccination clinic. Staying safe from rabies is about more than the vaccination and Touchwood Pharmacy can provide helpful advice and travel tips for your destination country.  Find out more on our website.